Texas Stars Weekly Update - Nov. 23, 2015Nov 23, 2015
Stars Make their First West Coast Road Trip this Week
Last week’s record: 1-2-0-0
Overall record: 9-7-0-1, .559 Win Pct. (4th, Pacific Division)
CEDAR PARK, Texas – The Texas Stars head west this week for a four-game road trip, all against divisional opponents, beginning on Tuesday at Bakersfield.
-- THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE --
November 24 at Bakersfield Condors, 9 p.m. CST:
Tuesday’s contest is the third of six matchups this season between the Texas Stars and Bakersfield Condors. Texas won each of the two previous matchups and has outscored Bakersfield, 9-6, in the season series. Bakersfield’s Joshua Winquist leads all skaters in the series with four points (2-2=4). Brad Hunt is one of the AHL’s top-scoring defensemen with 11 points (3-8=11) and two of his three goals this season have come against Texas.
November 25 at San Diego Gulls, 9:05 p.m. CST:
Texas visits San Diego for their first-ever matchup against the Gulls, who relocated from Norfolk, Va. over the summer to California. The Gulls are 9-6-0-1 on the season but own one of the league’s best home records at 6-1-0-1. San Diego is led by rookie defenseman Brandon Montour with 18 points (4-14=18) this season. Montour’s 18 points lead all AHL defensemen and rookies, plus are tied for fifth overall.
November 28, 3:15 p.m. CST and November 29, 5 p.m. CST at San Jose Barracuda:
The Stars’ inaugural tour of California continues with their first two matchups in franchise history against the San Jose Barracuda to close out their road trip. San Jose is 5-6-0-3 on the season, but have picked up points in each of their last four contests. The Barracuda are led by Ryan Carpenter with nine points (1-8=9) this season.
-- LAST WEEK’S RESULTS --
November 17 at San Antonio Rampage, 5-2 Loss:
A four-goal outburst in the second period for the San Antonio Rampage was the difference on Tuesday in a 5-2 daytime win over the Texas Stars in front of 5,617 at AT&T Center. Devin Shore scored his team-leading ninth of the season for the Stars early in the third to put Texas on the board. Reid Petryk put the final touch on San Antonio's big period with a shorthanded goal late in the second to make it a 5-0 lead.
November 20 vs. Charlotte Checkers, 6-2 Win:
John Muse stopped 27 shots against his former club and the Texas Stars exploded for four goals in the third to top the visiting Charlotte Checkers on Friday night in front of 4,802 at Cedar Park Center. The Stars surrendered an early 2-0 lead on a pair of power play goals in the second. However, 16 seconds into the third period, Radek Faksa scored from the slot and the Stars added three more in the final period to pull away.
November 21 vs. Ontario Reign, 7-6 Loss:
The Texas Stars clawed their way back from a 6-3 deficit to knot the score, but a late third period goal by Jordan Samuels-Thomas was the difference as the Ontario Reign skated away with a 7-6 win at Cedar Park Center in front of 5,147. Devin Shore finished with a four-point game for the Stars to lead all skaters. Greg Rallo tallied a pair of goals, including the game-tying marker with 8:06 to play in the game. Michael Mersch added a pair of goals for Ontario in the win.
-- PRACTICE/TRAVEL SCHEDULE --
Monday: Travel Day
Tuesday: Texas Stars at Bakersfield Condors, 9 p.m. CST
Wednesday: Texas Stars at San Diego Gulls, 9:05 p.m. CST
Thursday: Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday: Travel Day
Saturday: Texas Stars at San Jose Barracuda, 3:15 p.m. CST
Sunday: Texas Stars at San Jose Barracuda, 5 p.m. CST
-- NEWS, NOTES AND UPCOMING MILESTONES –
Devin Shore is currently on a three-game point streak and tied for eighth in the AHL with 17 points (11-6=17) on the season. Texas is second in the AHL with a +13 goal differential in the third period of games this season. Matej Stransky appeared in the 150th game of his professional, AHL and Texas Stars career on Saturday against Ontario. Greg Rallo is one point shy of 300 in his AHL career. Travis Morin currently has 548 points in his professional career.
-- UPCOMING PROMOTIONS --
The Texas Stars don’t return home until Wednesday, Dec. 2 when they host the Rockford IceHogs. It will be a Winning Wednesday game where if the Stars win, fans in attendance will receive a voucher for a free ticket to the team’s next Wednesday game. It is also an H-E-B Night where fans can save $5 off their ticket purchase by donating an H-E-B-branded, non-perishable food item at the box office.
The Texas Stars are the primary development affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars and currently in their seventh season at Cedar Park Center. Full season, 24-game and 12-game ticket packages for the 2015-16 campaign are on sale now. For more information, call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit TexasStars.com.